Creative, imaginative, thoughtful, colourful – I could go on and use so many other words to describe these amazing posters created by Year 3 and Year 4! I don’t know how we are going to select from them all which ones we are going to put on display around the school.
What is it all about? Everyone knows the importance of drinking water regularly and how important it is that we do not become dehydrated. Last week our Key Stage 2 Assembly focused on drinking water within the school. The children reflected on how lucky we are to have easy access to clean drinking water and how this compares to other areas of the world where people are less fortunate than ourselves. We looked at images of children who walked several kilometres to collect water and we thought about how the water in some areas may not be safe for people to drink.
We then talked about how having water dispensers on every floor with paper drinking cups created a problem – the wastage that comes from the drinking cups alongside the impact of using paper cups on the environment. Did you know that we use approximately 240,000 drinking cups at BSB Sanlitun every year? I am sure this fact alone will make us all stop and think.
The children were set a challenge to help us to try and create a ‘no cup’ culture in school. As part of this challenge they were asked to design a poster to help everyone think about reducing the wastage in school. The easiest way to do this would be for everyone to bring in their own water bottle and use the dispensers to refill it throughout the day. Many of the posters have been designed around this idea. Some of the posters also encourage children and adults to use the paper cups responsibly by ensuring that they only take one at a time and have a proper drink rather than a sip and throwing water away.
I am sure all Year 3 and Year 4 will get on board with our ‘no cup’ challenge and will help us to monitor our paper cup usage over the next few months. Look out for our posters around the school.